Registration for EWU’s Summer Session opens Monday, April 22. The special academic term offers shorter, more concentrated classes that help students graduate earlier, save money and strengthen GPAs.
Summer Session has traditionally been seen as an opportunity for students to catch up on missed classes or retake classes for better grades, but for an increasing number of students, Summer Session is the best chance to get ahead and graduate earlier.
Many of the most popular Summer Session courses are those that are required for academic programs and majors. By taking these classes during summer, students find that they save time, graduate earlier and meet their academic needs on a timetable that works best for them, says Mark Baldwin, Associate Vice Provost.
“Taking classes as part of Summer Session means students can graduate a quarter, two quarters or even a full academic year ahead of time,” says Baldwin. “That means they’re entering the workforce and earning income faster.”
Shannon Weatherbee, an EWU freshman, gets it. “I’m thinking about cost and time, and over a few years summer can help me keep my loan debt smaller and start earning money sooner.”
Summer Session classes also help students keep tuition costs lower. Almost every year, tuition rises at EWU and other universities around the country. By completing quarters earlier, a student can avoid paying their highest tuition rate during their final year of college.
Not every student takes classes to graduate earlier or start earning income faster. Some students simply like smaller classes, more opportunity to engage with faculty and the chance to complete key academic classes during a shorter academic cycle.
Other students take summer classes to improve grades or try taking a course with a different professor. Others simply like to try new topics and new courses that aren’t always offered during the academic school year.
Not all Summer Session students are current EWU students. Some come from other universities and colleges, and they choose EWU because tuition is lower. Others are from the Spokane region and look to EWU to help them get additional job training or to gain new skills that keep them at the top of their game in the workplace.
With students coming from around the Inland Northwest, EWU faculty have been asked to switch class times in order to keep options open for students. This means there are more classes offered at more convenient times.
Faculty have also been encouraged to try new curriculum and new teaching strategies and to create a vibrant energy unique to summer